In 2006, as existing leases began to expire and new tenants competed for space, CZ|DS teamed with MCA Architects and Elliot Mahn of Catering and More to prepare a design concept proposal for a new food venue at Portland International Airport. Mahn’s original ‘Riverfront Café’ opened in 2003, specializing in fresh, healthy and hearty foods. His goal was to continue the popular fresh food theme with a strong Pacific Northwest palette.
This fast-track response required a coordinated effort. As design concepts were developed and refined, the small but efficient space took shape alongside a refined menu, new name, and brand identity.
‘The Kitchen’ concept borrowed the idea of a commercial kitchen with stainless steel, textured porcelain tile wall surfaces, and quartz countertops. All finishes were selected for durability as well as aesthetics. Warm textured wood panels at the front counters greeted customers, as did sparkling glass and metal suspended lighting. Side walls had large custom wallcovering panels with a watercolor palette of Oregon blues and greens.
“Linda presented a design for our proposed restaurant location at the Portland Airport. We, however, were not accepted for reasons still unknown but the design received great reviews and we are using many of its features in our redesign of our San Francisco restaurant. Linda was a pleasure to work with and was very receptive of our comments even though, in the final design, her ideas trumped ours.’
Elliot Mahn, Catering and More
Architect: MCA Architects